Review Hari Stefanatos
The issue of mine removal in Croatia was the subject of a round table that was held at the European Parliament in Brussels, on Wednesday evening. At the same time an exhibition on the subject was also made available to help European officials get acquainted with the issue.
The point to be made is that now that Croatia is a member of EU, the issue of demining in the country has become a concern of EU institutions as well. That calls for a way to provide information about the problem in order to enhance cooperation and show how EU funds are being used.
Financing from European structural and investment funds must be in line with the financial framework for the period 2014-2020, which emphasizes on investments that prove to be contributing the most to a country’s smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, for which demining is definitely a precondition, European Commissioner for Regional Development, Johannes Hahn, stated.
Croatian areas suspected of being mine-infested cover currently 613 square kilometers and the territories of 12 counties and 90 towns and municipalities. The country’s loses from mines are estimated around €50mln and they refer to mine infested farmland that cannot be cultivated, not to mention the impact that these areas have on local communities and the development of society as a whole.
The round table in Brussels was organised by the government’s Mine Action Office, Croatia’s European Parliament member Biljana Borzan and the Croatian Mine Action Centre.